Our Guide On How To Experience The Best Italian Food In NYC

New York City is known for its top-notch Italian cuisine. And although all five boroughs offer an abundance of Italian restaurant riches, there is one neighborhood that many flock to experience the best and most authentic Italian food in NYC. The Bronx’s Little Italy, not to confuse it with Little Italy in Lower Manhattan, remains a culinary destination. The Belmont section of the Bronx, also known as Arthur Avenue, is where Italians arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The neighborhood’s main street, bisected by East 187th street is lined with a rich sense of history and personality filled with traditional restaurants, pizzerias, meat and fish markets, as well as bakeries and pastry shops.

Once you shop or dine here, you will experience the difference between homemade mozzarella purchased at a notable Italian deli, versus your local grocery. Trust us, you will never go back to grocery bought quality. Arthur Avenue highlights the old and the new, featuring several establishments serving locals for over a century, to new eateries creating dishes influenced by Neapolitan, Sicilian, and Sardinian cookery. It is why many who have left this area come back to stock up, and dine regularly with family and friends.

The best way to get there is to take either Metro-North or the D train. And while the days of sun-drenched rooftops and dining al fresco are coming to an end, Arthur Avenue is the perfect destination to experience this fall. There are several happenings worth visiting including Ferragosto on September 8, and the New York Pizza Festival on October 5-6. The well-liked Boo at the Zoo is scheduled from September 29 to October 28 and the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is one to watch. While strolling Arthur Avenue, use our guide to experience the best Italian food in what is known as the real Little Italy.

Start with a trip to Joe’s Italian Deli that has been making homemade mozzarella for over 30 years. Here you will discover how mozzarella should be- nice and smooth. Stock up on cheeses and favorites including Prosciutto di Parma, and dry sopressata and you will instantly taste the difference.

Next, take a stroll to Egidio Pastry Shop and take the cannoli- it is a local standout offered in a large array of possibilities to satisfy your sweet tooth craving. Egidio Pastry Shop was established in 1912 and is the destination for Italian cookies, biscotti, pastries and cakes.

Dine at Mario’s Restaurant, celebrating its 100th anniversary, where locals and notables including Steve Buscemi, Clint Eastwood, and the cast from The Sopranos have all dined at this establishment. All dishes are made to order including fresh ingredients, with many imported from Italy.

Head to the newly established MangiPasta, it is a must-visit. It is quickly becoming a local fave featuring homemade pasta and sauces from scratch to experience the true flavors of Napoli, Italy.

Still craving for more? To take the experience home, make sure to stop by the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, a one-stop destination for high quality food and groceries that celebrate Italian cuisine. Bon Apetit!